POLITICS: Glamour on the Hustings

The campaign advance man is a staple of modern political folklore. He is the scout for the candidate's wagon train, as well as a political strategist, tour director and carnival barker. It is his exigent assignment to schedule a rally to his candidate's best advantage, drum up enthusiasm, charm local party leaders and, when the occasion demands, get tough with local officials. Traditionally he has been a pugnacious type like Jerry Bruno, who served as point man for both John and Robert Kennedy. In their collaborative book, The Advance Man, Speechwriter Jeff Greenfield describes Bruno: "He is built like a...

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